What is Blastocyst Culture and Transfer Treatment?
This term portrays the procedure when the developing embryo is cultured in specialized media for 5 to 6 days as compared to day 3 transfer. This is done to enhance the survival of more robust embryos before transfer for implantation.
The expanded time gives enough opportunity to embryologists to select robust embryos for implantation for better implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates.
Blastocyst culture and transfer
This is an IVF technique which maximizes the chances of pregnancy and minimizes the risk of multiple pregnancies. In general, embryos are usually cultured for three days before transferring it back to the uterus. But in blastocyst culture, these embryos are cultured for two-three days more which are then called as Blastocyst Embryos. Not all only a few embryos are cultured for the blastocyst stage. It allows the embryologist to select more healthy embryos having more capability for the successful transfer. It is more similar to what happens in a natural cycle.
The most efficient advantages of blastocyst culture and transfer is the less possibility of multiple births which can lead by the IVF, since there are only 1-2 embryos to be transferred.
- A better chance of having blastocyst development (determined by age and infertility conditions).
- Previous failed IVF attempts, at achieving a pregnancy in spite of having a good quality of eggs.
- Strong concerns about having multiple pregnancies.
It is important to talk to your doctor about whether blastocyst culture and transfer treatment is for you.
Your treatment cycle is precisely the same concerning IVF, aside from that your embryos will be cultured and screened for a longer period in the embryology research facility. This procedure improves our embryologist’s capacity to choose the best embryo(s) for transfer.
Since there will be fewer embryos which survive up to day 5-6 there will be less chances of multiple pregnancy also.